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100 Days Of Observing Divine Beauty

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At the end of 2015 my wife Wendy and I embarked on a mid-life adventure - moving to Europe from NZ. For my 100 days project I plan to post pictures, captions and quotes, reflecting the beauty I have discovered here in my new home. Sometimes the photos will be new. Other days I may curate a moment, a day, or a theme from pictures taken over the past 18 months. My project is inspired by John O'Donoghue's "Divine Beauty", a book which speaks of the secret wisdom of creation expressed in the ever present beauty that surrounds us. - Alastair Thompson 22nd May 2017


Day 4 - Connemara

[ Today's album >> ] "In the West of Ireland the land is generally poor. Farming and survival have always been difficult and people have had to work hard for a living. In winter the weather shows little mercy. The endless rain tends to darken the spirit. Yet mysteriously there is an ancient conversation between the ocean and the stone on this coastline which is mirrored in the complexity of twilight. There is great beauty in how the light takes its leave of the day. From the first blush of dawn, the day is carried everywhere by the light. Time unfolds in light. In the morning, light clears all the outside darkness and the shape of each thing emerges in the brightened emptiness. Light identifies itself completely with the voyage of a day; its transparency puts the day out in the open. There is nowhere for a day to hide; it is exposed every minute to the revelations of light. Perhaps this is why twilight appears gracious; when light abandons the day it does not believe that it will ever return and consequently permits itself an extravagant valediction in a huge ritual of colour." - John O'Donohue "Divine Beauty" Shortly after Wendy and I arrived in Europe at the end of 2015 we were invited to spend New Years by the sea in the West of Ireland in County Connemara. It was a wonderful introduction to our new hemisphere. These pictures were taken at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. While we were there a storm came through dusting the hills with snow.